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29 May, 2018
Under-19 shuttler Aakarshi Kashyap lived up to everybody’s expectations and
performed beyond brilliant as she beat qualifier Kavipriya S in straight games.
This made her win the girls’ singles title at the All India Junior Ranking
Tournament held at Tirupur on Sunday.
Aakarshi, a 16-year-old from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh came into
the tournament as the top seed and allowed us to witness a phenomenal
performance. She finished the match in only 36 minutes by winning the first two
games with 21-8 and 21-11. She now trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy in
Bengaluru and we with the kind of game she got, she kept us all vouching for
her performances ahead.
To everybody’s surprise, qualifier Priyanshu Rajawat won over
Kiran George the fifth seed by 21-14, 19-21, 21-16 in a match that lasted 52
minutes. He is a 16- year-old from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh and was playing his
14th match in the last six days. He was also a participant in mixed
In mixed doubles, Priyanshu partnered with Ananya Goel lost it
to top seeds Sai Kumar Podile and Srishti Jupudi after coming through three
rounds of qualification in mixed doubles.
In the boys’ singles category, Priyanshu went through four
qualification rounds before playing six more matches till Sunday.
Except for his
quarter-final game against Amit Rathore, all of his matches went the distance
into three games.
However, the 16-year-old left
us all amazed as he went all out to go on to the top in the final against a
much fresher Kiran George.
Priyanshu defeated three seeded players before he got the title,
who included India’s No 1 junior Aman Farogh Sanjay, whom he beat 21-12, 16-21,
22-24 in the semi-finals. Priyanshu had earlier beaten third seed Dhruv Rawat
21-16, 18-21, 29-27 in an extremely demanding match.
for the better in Indonesia
When asked about how
he got through those difficult matches and what kept him going through and
delivering all along the tournament, Priyanshu said that he had an eye on
Indonesia coming into Tirupur. “This tournament serves as a selection event for
the Junior Asian Team Championship [in Indonesia in July] so that motivated me
to perform well,” he said.
“It feels great to win the title, especially after beating the
top-ranked players including the India No 1. I would like to thank my coaches
at the Gopichand Academy for this triumph,” he added.
Priyanshu began playing badminton at the age of eight in Dhar
under coach Sudhir Verma. Sudhir Verma is the father of India internationals
Sameer Verma and Sourabh Verma. After two years, at ten, he moved to the
Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.
Priyanshu and Aakarshi will now both train for the senior
ranking tournaments in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. These two tournaments serve as
selection trials for the Asian Games in August.
Earlier on Sunday, Sri Krishna and Srishti went on to lift the
mixed doubles title.
Both of them had also
participated in the boys’ and girls’ doubles finals with their respective partners
but suffered loss.
On the other hand, the girls’ doubles title was won by top seeds
Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker, while the boys’ doubles champions were second
seeds Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Sing Konthoujam.
The winners in the singles category were awarded with Rs 39,000
each, while the doubles champions were awarded prize money of Rs 41,000
According to the Badminton Association of India release, they gave
away a total of Rs 4,00,000 to the players who qualified for the knockout
stages of the tournament.